During 2014 our project helped 7 cancer patients from the former Soviet Union with the costs of lodging when they traveled abroad for access to quality care. The patients varied from a two-year-old boy from Russia to a 60-year-old grandmother from Uzbekistan. Uniting all of them was the cancer diagnosis and the lack of adequate treatment options at home. Thanks to supporters like you they were able to travel abroad and receive appropriate therapy.
So far this year we have been able to support another young patient, Alikhan from Kazakhstan. This 4-year-old has already been fighting leukemia for over a year. The disease retreated after the initial treatment, but remission was short, and he relapsed after just four months. He now needs to undergo transplantation of bone marrow from one of his parents, and this procedure is not done in his home country. Although the government of Kazakhstan paid a portion of the costs of treatment, it does not help with the travel and lodging expenses. Our support covered a month of lodging for the family, and they are very grateful for the reduced financial burden.
Woud you like to help more patients like Alikhan? Then donate today, March 18th, during GlobalGiving Bonus Day! Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get a 30% bonus - but only while the funds last. So donate early - the matching starts at 8 am CDT.
Thank you for staying with us!
In 2014 we were able to provide help to 12 patients who underwent transplantations in St. Petersburg, and we spend over $68,000 on bone marrow donor searches! In addition, the number of donors who signed up for monthly donations has increased. Fortunately, even in times of crisis affecting many of our supporters, we were able to continue helping low-income cancer patients with access to life-saving treatments.
Since January, we have helped 3 young patients with blood cancers. One of them is 20-year-old Nikita from Moscow. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma 4 years ago, he had numerous cycles of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and stem cell transplant, but his disease kept coming back. Bone marrow transplant from a donor was his only remaining option. A donor had to be located abroad, as neither of his two brothers was a match. Eventually, a donor was found in the US, and in February Nikita received the bone marrow transplant. He is now recovering and feeling quite well.
Would you like to hear more stories like this one? Then mark your calendars and join us next Wednesday, March 18th, for GlobalGiving Bonus Day! Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get 30% bonus - but only while the bonus funds last. So don't delay, and donate early! The matching starts at 8 am CDT, or 16:00 Moscow time. And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win $1,000 bonus for the most donations, or the most funds raised.
Many thanks for your kindness,
In December we shared great news with you: we have received a very generous donation from VMWare Foundation, which had allowed us to support several families seeking help to bring their children abroad for cancer treatment. The donation also brought us close to achieving our project goal of $25,000.
However, recently we have experienced an increase in the number of requests from families from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Cancer care in these countries continues to lag behind that of developed countries. For this reason, we have decided to increase our project goal to $50,000. We hope to be able to provide support to as many families as we can. Our criteria for patient support remains the same: the families have to be low income, have no insurance, and the children have to lack treatment options in their own countries.
One of such little patients who currently needs help is two-year-old Michail. He was born in a young family in Odessa, Ukraine. Since birth, he has been very healthy and happy boy. But in fall of 2014 he developed a toothache, and the dentist had to take his tooth out. Beneath it, a tumor was found. At first, it appeared to be benign, but the Ukrainian doctors were unsure of the diagnosis. As Misha's condition deteriorated, his parents decided to take him to Israel for urgent evaluation. There Misha was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, with metastases in his lower jaw. Misha had to start urgent treatment. He has already completed chemotherapy, but will also need transplant of his own stem cells, surgery on his jaw, and immunotherapy. Misha is responding well to therapy and there is hope for recovery. However, the costs of treatment are very high, and Misha's family is trying hard to raise funds for their only son.
We will be very grateful for your continuing support of our project! Thank you for staying with us.